(Cross-posted from IlliniPundit.com)
There's a bunch of coverage of it on other blogs and MSM sites, I'm sure, so I'm not going to cover that ground.
I did find something about Eisendrath remarkable, though. As of last evening, I had a grand total of six email messages from his campaign, all about something different, all with some new information. Included in that was a website address (added to the sidebar), the standard press release, a "fact sheet" about the current Governor, as well as a nice hi-res photo of the candidate. To me, it's an indication of the amount of thought and preparation that went into yesterday's announcement: his campaign is already emailing information to bloggers, including this blogger who will be supporting a Republican candidate in April. To me, this indicates an aggressive grassroots campaign, which may be his only hope of beating a very damaged Governor who will have more than $15 million to spend.
Some quotes from the documents:
In an emotional speech to supporters in Chicago today, Edwin Eisendrath laid out an optimistic alternative for Democrats weary of investigations and allegations of ethical lapses in the Blagojevich administration.
“When I am Governor, my first priority will be to restore people’s trust in government. I’ll end the shameful practices we’ve seen these past eight years. You’re going to see something you haven’t seen in Springfield in a while: a government you can be proud of. Anyone who can’t do that in four years doesn’t deserve four more,” Eisendrath said.
Eisendrath, 47, laid out a series of questions he wants answered by Governor Blagojevich.
“Tell us why you raided nearly $2.3 billions from the already under funded pensions of teachers and state workers. Tell us how you plan on paying for the election year giveaways you are announcing daily. Tell us if you will refrain from using contributions raised by appointees to boards and commissions that dole out lucrative contracts and investments. Tell us why you opened the door for Republicans to run against corruption while George Ryan is on trial,” he said.
And from the "fact sheet:"
Only six Governors in the country have worse approval ratings than Blagojevich. Forty-one percent of Democrats disapprove of the Governor’s job. In head to head match-ups, Blagojevich loses the general election to State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and State Senator Steve Rauschsenberger.
At the very least, this is going to be interesting.